1 hour, 52 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity.
Extra DVD Features: Feature-length audio commentary with director Marcus Nispel; Feature-length audio commentary with stars Jason Momoa and Rose McGowan; The Conan legacy; Robert E. Howard - the man who would be Conan; Battle royal - engineering the action; Staging the fight.
Jason Momoa ...
Stephen Lang ...
Rachel Nichols ...
Ron Perlman ...
Rose McGowan ...
Bob Sapp ...
|Conan is born during a bloody battle in the Hyborian age of swords and sorcery. While still a young boy, his entire village is slaughtered by
the evil Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), whose goal is to collect all the
pieces of a powerful mask. Years later, when Conan has grown into a man (Jason Momoa), he seeks his revenge. Meanwhile, Khalar Zym and his
sorceress daughter (Rose McGowan) are hunting for a "pureblood," Tamara
(Rachel Nichols), which will help them complete a terrifying ritual. Can
Conan find and stop the bad guy, and rescue the girl, before it's too
Conan The Barbarian
, directed by Marcus Nispel
("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") starts with some stale dialogue, which
is then delivered badly by all the actors. Its star Jason Momoa
spends most of
his time attempting what he must have thought was a steely gaze, but
which comes across more like a self-conscious leer. The story is both lazy and ridiculous and the action
sequences are clunky and incomprehensible, not to mention poorly paced,
and the 3D effects are like flat images in a pop-up book.
That might be the worst of it, but
it's also probably the most gruesomely
violent movie of the year, with little reason for its extreme and horrifying violence. Last, though hardly least, is
the movie's despicable treatment of women as props, and women and
children as the targets of brutal violence.